Gail Cope

Gail joined the Center staff in January 2000. She develops, coordinates, and implements programs, services, and resource dissemination for adult educators through work with the  national Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS). She works through the LINCS Region 2 Professional Development Center to provide professional development and technical assistance for 14 partner states. Through her work at the Center, she has been responsible for several professional development initiatives including Appreciating Diversity and Equipped for the Future in Tennessee. Gail also served as a Quality Examiner for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence for several years while working with Tennessee adult education. Additional previous work has included research and evaluation for the Tennessee Department of Human Services Families First Program, the Tennessee Family Literacy Consortium, and serving as evaluator for the Tennessee Family Literacy Initiative.

Prior to working at the Center, Gail was employed by the University of Tennessee Human Resources Department from 1978 to 1999.  During her time there, she worked in several human resources areas including administration, career development, compensation, and employment services.

Gail received Bachelors’ degrees in Business Administration in 1977 (Office Administration) and 1981 (Management) and a master’s degree in Technological and Adult Education in 1992 from The University of Tennessee. While completing her master’s degree, she worked as a graduate assistant with the Tennessee Literacy Resource Center established through the Center for Literacy Studies.

Gail enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her two daughters.